Trout Unlimited fundraiser long on fun

June 13, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

The Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited has come up with a tournament fundraiser that should be a lot of fun and of great benefit to Jones Falls upstream from Stevenson Road.

On Sept. 25, MDTU will hold the First Annual Gunpowder Benefit Trout Fishing Contest, which will pair 15 contestants with trout fishermen who regularly fish the Gunpowder.

The tournament will cost each contestant a $100 tax deductible donation to MDTU, and each contestant will fish a different part of the Gunpowder.

Prizes -- including a $325 Sage or Scott Fly rod for top prize -- will be awarded for largest fish, most fish, most flies lost in trees, most fish missed, biggest fish story, etc.

Fly and spin fishermen are welcome to enter, but all must use barbless hooks and release the fish they catch.

For more information, call (410) 557-7594 or (410) 235-2992.

White Marlin Open

Last August, Bob Bell, a Baltimore area automobile dealer, won $240,000 for catching an 80.5-pound white marlin in Ocean City's White Marlin Open.

This year's tournament will be held Aug. 2-6, with a prize pool payout expected to exceed the $567,000 paid out last year.

The entry fee is $650 per boat. For early entry information, call (410) 289-9229. Late entries will be accepted until Aug. 1 at Harbour Island in Ocean City.

Hurricane planning

Since 1989, three major hurricanes have caused approximately $360 million damage to recreational boats from Texas to New England. With the 1993 hurricane season upon us, boat owners should have a plan of action should a major storm blow up along the Atlantic Coast or into the Chesapeake Bay.

* For small boats, storage ashore is essential. Small sailboats should be moved inland and laid on their sides.

* For boats that must stay in the water, make up dock lines as long as possible to allow for extreme tides and add a set of heavier lines to diminish the possibility of breaking loose.

* Attach chafing gear to mooring lines by tying or taping garden hose or canvas around areas where lines rub against objects.

* Use duct tape and seal ports and hatches, windows, doors and vents.

* Take electronic equipment and documents off the boat before a major storm.

For more tips on hurricane protection, BOAT/U.S.'s Hurricane Warning Guide is available without charge by calling 1-800-274-4877.

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